The Safe Space Board was created by the leaders of the GC Collegian as a social movement to open conversation between opposing sides after the 2016 elections. All notes and artwork displayed on the board are annonymous and monitored. This board has helped dozens of students express their opinions, whether they were celebratory or fearful, without backlash from friends or family. The board was a big success and the positivity from students and faculty was overwhelming. We hope to continue the Safe Space Board in the future.
Some photos from a protest in downtown Greensboro after the 2016 presidential elections. We were able to hear stories from people who were "fearful" and angry at Trump's victory.
It was an extremely important moment for the Collegian. We were experiencing history and we were on the edge of a breaking news story.
Knowledge of Diversity and Difference
To Kill The Discrimination By Savvy Bowen
During my Modern American Lit class we were asked to write a final paper on a modern piece of literature that we then interpreted. I chose To Kill a Mockingbird because it has been a life-long journey for me reading and re-reading this book that helped me find out what kind of person I really am. Because of this I felt that tackling this specific book was well worth my time. I was excited about diving deeper into this story and bringing to light the message that Harper Lee tried to convey. I titled my paper “To Kill the Discrimination: A conversation about how Harper Lee worked for moral education through themes in To Kill a Mockingbird.”
My basic thesis stated that “The themes in this book are justice, discrimination, and sympathy. However, moral education is, without a doubt, the most important theme carried throughout this book. Harper Lee wrote the novel to demonstrate the way in which the world and its people should live together in harmony through a basic moral attitude of treating others with respect and kindness. (Stilner)”
This paper covers the diversity and difference form of PLO’s. This paper was beyond relevant in this day and age with all of the horrible events we hear on the news. My goal was to bring to light the issue of unacceptance. I tried to let the audience know that change begins with our children; the next generation. How we raise our children will greatly impact the rest of the world, whether we like it or not. I had the chance to meet with Mary Badham herself. She played Scout in the original movie based on this book. She told us that “Discrimination is something we face daily. The proof is on the nightly news.” When I inserted that in my paper I followed it with: There are life lessons that we still haven’t learned and Mary Badham has made it her mission to help parents realize teaching their children moral education is one of the most valuable things we can offer them.
The real world take away is that we have to teach our children through moral education. Lee wrote this book for children originally in the hopes that parents would wake up and teach their children about the real world issues that their children would have to face one day. Lee wanted parents to educate their children so they were able to receive information correctly and not through the shattered views of media.
Since I read this book in ninth grade it has always resonated with me. The thought of walking around in someone else’s skin before judging them became an extremely important factor in who I am as a person. I still look back on the book from time to time when I find myself making assumptions about people I don’t really know. While raising my children in the future I will teach them the things in this book, whether it’s on the banned books list or not. I plan on immersing my children in the theories that I brought up in this paper because I believe that these are the messages young children need to learn before they enter the real world. Maybe this way we can move towards a better world.
Harper Lee dedicated her life to spreading the knowledge of social injustice and discrimination along with moral education. Harper Lee’s use of mockingbirds as a representation of innocence has withstood the test of time becoming a literary symbol for the ages. Her mission towards moral education in schools and at home has not stopped just because of her recent passing. Her many readers will continue to spread the message hopefully teaching their children to think for themselves while expelling the outside influences that try to defeat their independent thinking.
I believe this is one of my better papers that I have written throughout college. I had a personal connection to the material and there were many real world applications to be introduced to my readers. It is also something I continue to believe and fight for therefore, this paper is something I will use later on and refer to often.